The French operatic baritone Franck Ferrari has died after a long illness. His death was announced this morning by the mayor of his home town, Nice.
Franck enjoyed a bustling international career, most overwhelmingly as Escamillo in Carmen.
He had notable triumphs as La Scala, the Met and the Paris Opéra. Born in 1963, he was 52 or 53 when he died.
He was due to sing Hercule in Alceste at the Paris Opéra tonight.